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Boscombe Pier Surf Guide

Boscombe Pier on the South Coast is a fairly exposed beach/pier break that only works once in a while. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the north. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous. In November 2009 this spot became Europe's first artificial reef made from sand bags at a cost of £3M. It aimed to improve the shape and quality of the waves in swell conditions of 0.5m or above and increase the length of Boscombe's characteristically short rides. However a report in May 2010 concluded that the artificial reef produced the "wrong type of waves" that are too hard to ride.

Boscombe Pier Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach/pierIcon  s32.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
10.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Boscombe Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Boscombe Pier occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Boscombe Pier (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Boscombe Pier with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 2% of the time in February while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 65% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
2%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
33%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
65%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Boscombe Pier Location Map

Interactive Boscombe Pier surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Boscombe Pier is Bournemouth Airport (BOH) in England, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Boscombe Pier is Southampton Airport (SOU), also in England, 43 km (27 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Boscombe Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 13:30 Local Time
Wednesday 01Thu
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m)
2
W
1.9
W
0.8
WSW
1
WSW
Period (s) 6 6 10 11
Wind (km/h)
35
30
35
25
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off off

Swell History at Boscombe Pier

Surf stats for Boscombe Pier, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Boscombe Pier

Wind stats for Boscombe Pier, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Boscombe Pier. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach/pier
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach/groynes
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s44.1
    Reliability: inconsistent
    10km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    14km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    16km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Boscombe Pier: